Psalm 44. Deus, auribus.
- We have heard with our ears, O God, our forefathers have told us, *
the deeds you did in their days, in the days of old.
- How with your hand you drove the peoples out and planted our forefathers in the land; *
how you destroyed nations and made your people flourish.
- For they did not take the land by their sword, nor did their arm win the victory for them; *
but your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, because you favored them.
- You are my King and my God; *
you command victories for Jacob.
- Through you we pushed back our adversaries; *
through your Name we trampled on those who rose up against us.
- For I do not rely on my bow, *
and my sword does not give me the victory.
- Surely, you gave us victory over our adversaries *
and put those who hate us to shame.
- Every day we gloried in God, *
and we will praise your Name for ever.
- Nevertheless, you have rejected and humbled us *
and do not go forth with our armies.
- You have made us fall back before our adversary, *
and our enemies have plundered us.
- You have made us like sheep to be eaten *
and have scattered us among the nations.
- You are selling your people for a trifle *
and are making no profit on the sale of them.
- You have made us the scorn of our neighbors, *
a mockery and derision to those around us.
- You have made us a byword among the nations, *
a laughing-stock among the peoples.
- My humiliation is daily before me, *
and shame has covered my face;
- Because of the taunts of the mockers and blasphemers, *
because of the enemy and avenger.
- All this has come upon us; *
yet we have not forgotten you, nor have we betrayed your covenant.
- Our heart never turned back, *
nor did our footsteps stray from your path;
- Though you thrust us down into a place of misery, *
and covered us over with deep darkness.
- If we have forgotten the Name of our God, *
or stretched out our hands to some strange god,
- Will not God find it out? *
for he knows the secrets of the heart.
- Indeed, for your sake we are killed all the day long; *
we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
- Awake, O Lord! why are you sleeping? *
Arise! do not reject us for ever.
- Why have you hidden your face *
and forgotten our affliction and oppression?
- We sink down into the dust; *
our body cleaves to the ground.
- Rise up, and help us, *
and save us, for the sake of your steadfast love.
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